Hay fever season is fully underway with high pollen counts expected to be a regular occurrence over the next couple of months. For the hay fever sufferers among us, that means a few months of endless sneezing and itchy eyes.
Each year the timings of high pollen can vary depending on the weather, and the pollen count is at its highest during warm and windy whether.
What are hay fever symptoms? Some of the main symptoms of hay fever can include sneezing and a runny, blocked nose. Some hay fever sufferers can also experiencing itchy, red eyes, couching and loss of smell. In some cases pollen can also cause you to get headaches, earache and you can end up feeling more tired than usual. There isn’t a cure for hay fever, but there is some medication that you can get from a pharmacy to help treat and reduce your symptoms, including tablets, eye drops and nose sprays.
People who experience hay fever symptoms are also advised to wear wraparound sunglasses to protect their eyes when outside, and use Vaseline around your nostrils to stop pollen getting into your nose. It’s also worth having a shower and changing your clothes when you get in from outside, which helps remove any pollen from your body and hair and can help to reduce symptoms in your home.
How does Hay Fever symptoms differ from a cold
What triggers Hay Fever
Your symptoms may vary depending on the time of the year, where you live, and what types of allergies you have. Knowing these factors can help you prepare for your symptoms. Early springtime often affects people with seasonal allergies, but nature blooms at different times of the year. For example:
- Tree pollen is more common in the early spring.
- Grass pollen is more common in late spring and summer.
- Ragweed pollen is more common in the fall.
- Pollen allergies can be worse on hot, dry days when the wind carries the pollen.
Make sure to visit your Doctor if these symptoms continue for a long time, better safe than sorry!